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Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Guide labels

If you live in a typical U.S. home, the appliances in your home are responsible for over one-third of your energy bill. Electric appliances like refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges and ovens are the primary energy-using appliances in most households. Taking steps to save energy while using these appliances, and replacing old, inefficient appliances with modern ones, can save you money.

In the United States, all refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers are sold with yellow Energy Guide labels to indicate their energy efficiency. These labels provide an estimated annual operating cost for the appliance and also indicate the cost of operating the models with the highest annual operating cost and the lowest annual operating cost. By comparing a model's annual operating cost with the operating cost of the most efficient model, you can compare their efficiencies.

Energy Star labels

Another label to help you identify energy-efficient appliances is the Energy Star label. Promoted by the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Star is only awarded to appliances and lighting products that significantly exceed the minimum national efficiency standards.

The Energy Star label can help make purchasing decisions easier. These products not only save energy, they can also save money, frequently with better performance.

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